A veteran Michigan iron ore miner died Friday in an apparent fall from a railroad tanker car.
At the time of the accident, Gary Hytinen, 61, of Ishpeming was working as a reagent handler in the unloading area of Tilden Mining Co., LLC’s Tilden surface iron ore mine, according to a statement released by Cliffs Natural Resources. Hytinen was pronounced dead at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming. The cause of death has not yet been released.
A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request by a coalition representing mine operators for a stay of MSHA’s pattern of violations (POV) rulemaking.
The coalition went to court seeking a stay last month, one day after asking MSHA in a letter to grant it. Because the coalition did not wait for an answer from the agency, the request could have been denied on that basis alone, the panel said in a three-page denial order Tuesday. Subsequent to the coalition’s court action, MSHA filed a brief opposing the stay.
Guards being installed on a handrail along a walkway located near a moving conveyor are part of the conveyor system, and thus are subject to MSHA’s standard requiring machinery to be shut down and locked out during repairs or maintenance, a judge has ruled.
A quarry worker has been killed in a blasting accident at a Kansas aggregate mine.
Stephen W. Hetzler, 63, of Manhattan died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by fly rock from a blast he had detonated, MSHA said in its preliminary report. Hetzler, a lead man, had 16½ years of mining experience.
Murray Energy Corp. has renamed five West Virginia underground coal mines it recently acquired as part of its purchase of Consolidated Coal Co.
In a press release today, Ohio-based Murray Energy said the Consolidation Coal name has been changed to Murray American Energy, Inc. The former Consolidation mines and their new locations and names within the Murray American organization, respectively, are:
For the second time, MSHA has extended its deadline for accepting comments on its request for information (RFI) on refuge alternatives for underground coal mines. Read more »
Russell Riley has been named to lead MSHA’s District 9 coal office in Denver, effective Dec. 15.
Riley currently is serving as a supervisor in the Ruff Creek field office in District 2 in Pennsylvania. District 9 covers all states west of the Mississippi River except Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Missouri.
Riley will replace James Poynter, who has been serving as district manager on an acting basis. Poynter was preceded in the job by Al Davis, who had run the district for years, including during the Crandall Canyon Mine tragedy in August 2007.
MSHA’s forthcoming accident investigation report should be more illuminating, but a fatalgram the agency issued today provides clues as to the circumstances surrounding the death of two Colorado metal miners last month.
A Maine crushed stone producer will pay back wages to a discharged worker and a civil penalty to MSHA to settle a lawsuit brought by the agency following a retaliation complaint.
Ferraiolo Construction, Inc. and its owner-president John Ferraiolo will pay an unidentified former employee $6,000 in back wages and a $10,000 fine to MSHA, according to a press release today from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
MSHA has not cited an Alabama surface coal mine operator in connection with the death of a rock truck operator in December 2012.
John Key, 52, slipped as he climbed the ladder to his Komatsu HD 785 haul truck. According to an eyewitness, Key fell to the ground, landing on both feet, then fell over onto his back. The accident occurred at Taft Coal Sales & Associates, Inc.’s Choctaw Mine in Walker County.
OSHA has not committed itself to final rule release dates for two controversial proposals it has issued recently.
In its semi-annual regulatory agenda released Nov. 26, OSHA did not provide a schedule for its proposed rule on crystalline silica beyond the comment period, which ends Jan. 27, or for its proposal on improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA’s silica proposal was issued in September, and a public hearing has been scheduled for March. Its injury/illness tracking proposal went out last month, and the comment period ends Feb. 6.
He stopped short of calling it lying, but a judge clearly felt he hadn’t gotten the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth after he heard contradictory witness accounts involving conditions at an Illinois quarry that led to two MSHA citations.
A rock which rolled onto a residential property following a mine blast but caused no injuries represented an “accident” under the Mine Act and thus was subject to MSHA’s Sec. 103(k) authority.
The significance of the unanimous decision Nov. 20 by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission rests in the court’s opinion that MSHA enjoys broad discretion in determining what constitutes an accident subject to its enforcement authority.
MSHA has denied a petition for emergency rulemaking that would have delayed the date for installing agency-approved components of refuge alternatives in underground coal mines, saying to amend the existing rule now would diminish miner safety.
A miner successfully established he had been discriminated against for engaging in protected activity, but his claim was denied because the mine operator said the employee would have been fired anyway for throwing a pen at his supervisor.
A preliminary report posted today by MSHA reveals that one of two miners killed Sunday morning at a Colorado metal mine had very little mining experience.
New Models Sought to Address Fatals, Serious Injuries
Heinrich Safety Triangle not Helpful
Editorial: Outsized Fine Merits Industry Response
Punishment Doesn’t Fit the ‘Crime’
Roundup of Civil Penalty Cases
Analysis: MSHA Violates Own POV Guidelines in Targeting Mine
POV Applied Despite New Ownership
POV Unfair to Small Mines
Lost-Time Injuries Balloon Severity Ratio
Inconsistent Testimony Aids Foreman’s 110(c) Defense
Inspectors Reach Different Conclusions
More Safety Benefits Come from Industry-MSHA Alliance
Ergonomic, Slip & Fall Hazards Addressed
Current Regulatory Agenda
Proposed (P) Final (F)
(F) Respirable Coal Dust Dec '13
(F) Prox Detect Devices: CMMs Feb '14
(P) Fees for Product Testing Dec. '13
(P) Civil Penalties Dec '13
(P) Prox Detect Devices UG May '14
(P) Silica Jun '14
(F) Confined Space Construction Feb '14
(F) Update NAICS Apr '14
(F) Slips, Trips, Falls Jun '14
(P) Cranes/Derricks Dec '13
(P) Beryllium Apr '14
(P) I2P2 Sep '14
- Coal 20
- Aggregates 10
- Other M/NM 10
- Coal 20
- Aggregates 10
- Other M/NM 6
- Coal 21
- Aggregates 8
- Other M/NM 8
- Coal 48
- Aggregates 9
- Other M/NM 14